Teens on TikTok are painting their bodies for an empowering reason

sexual assault survivors are creating empowering videos detailing their experiences and showing fellow survivors that they are not defined by what happened to them.This TikTok trend was started as a way to commemorate Denim Day, a day dedicated to sexual violence prevention and education.The annual event — which takes place every year on April 29 — started in the 1990s .after a rape conviction was overturned in Italy on the grounds that the justices felt the victim’s jeans were too tight to be ripped off without consent.Though Denim Day has come and gone, the #DenimDay hashtag continues to receive submissions on TikTok.To date, it has more than 144 million views and hundreds of videos from sexual assault survivors telling their stories.While some survivors use the clothes they were wearing the night they were assaulted to tell their story, .others use body paint to demonstrate where they were touched without consent.The resulting visuals are both raw and powerful

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